Saugatuck tornado confirmed; power outages in Detroit

Staff and wire reports

Officials have confirmed a tornado touched down in western Michigan, and in Metro Detroit, thousands remain without power following strong storms that blasted the state Friday.

The National Weather Service says the weak tornado landed Friday afternoon in Allegan County’s Saugatuck Township, The twister and storms heavily damaged a pole barn and sent a tree through the roof of a home.

No injuries have been reported.

The storms also brought heavy rain, with Grand Rapids receiving nearly two inches of rain in one hour.

Several thousand homes and business remain without power as of Saturday morning across western and southwestern Michigan. Flood warnings also remain in effect for several counties in the region.

Closer to Metro Detroit, about 11,000 DTE customers remain without power, with the majority of the outages reported in Redford, Shelby Township and Pontiac. That’s down from a peak of 30,000 outages Friday night.

DTE spokesman Stephen Tait says crews have been working non-stop since the storms subsided to restore power and fix damaged and downed power lines. Many of the homes without power should have it restored today, he said.

Tait also reminded people to avoid downed powerlines and anything that comes into contact with them.

For the latest on the outages, visit DTE Energy’s outage map.

Weather woes

Metro Detroit residents dealing with a lack of power won’t see any relief from the heat today. Storms will roll through the area throughout the afternoon and into the evening, said Deb Elliott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

But that won’t affect the temperatures, which are expected to hover around highs of 86 today and into Sunday.

She said the best chance for thunderstorms will come after 2 p.m. today and the storm front should clear by the evening hours. Overnight, fog is expected with temperatures dropping to 68 degrees.

Sunday is also expected to be stormy and humid, said Elliott. Dry weather should return to the area by Monday.